Unhappy Endings

Short-listed for the man Booker Prize for four out of his six novels, of which one, The Remains of the Day, won in 1989, Kazuo Ishiguro is the undisputed genius of vagueness, threshold states and constantly shifting surfaces. Now he has turned his attention to the short story for the first time. Nocturnes, subtitled "Five Stories of Music and Nightfall," was written, Ishiguro said in a recent interview, as a unified, organic project from beginning to end. It is much like a novel and unlike most short-story collections, which tend to be a gathering of...

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